I hunted for several years with a 8 & 3/8ths 29-3, using a varity of ammo. I got a nice deer in Vermont several years ago with Hydra-shoks. this gun has always had iron sights, and I've missed a couple deer with it.
Last year, I picked up a new Ported stainless 629 6" and put a Bausch & Lomb scope on it. I have shot it a lot at ranges out to 75 yards and been incredibly impressed with it. I am looking forward to using it this year, with Winchester HPs.